Rosen - 'We Have To Score On Possessions'

QB Josh Rosen speaks to the media about their loss to the Chargers.

On being back in Los Angeles:

“It’s nice to come back home. It’s where I grew up, training, playing tennis. Last time I was on the field was the high school championship game so better memories than today, but we’ll keep pushing forward.”

On changes in the Arizona offense:

“I think you have to give credit to the Chargers, but our first and second down plays weren’t as efficient, and it puts you in some tough third downs against some really good pass rushers.”

On adjustments the Chargers made to Arizona’s offense:

“They just started making plays and we didn’t. I threw a pretty easy pick there which I shouldn’t have, obviously, and we just didn’t really go anywhere from there.”

On avoiding the Chargers pass rushers:

“It’s just a really good football team and we just can’t stay behind the sticks. I think those first few drives, on whatever third down we had, I’m positive they were both third and shorts. When you’ve got [DE] Joey Bosa and [DE] Melvin Ingram [III] and those guys there’s only so much you can do in third and long. The key is to have success early on plays and we stopped doing that.”

On getting more than one first down in a drive:

“Positive plays definitely give you a bit of a psyche boost, I guess you could say.”

On the sack-fumble:

“You have to score off turnovers. That speaks for itself. We went through a couple plays of basically giving them the ball exactly back where it was on the turnover. Have to score on possessions or else it’s just a turnover.”

On offensive players doing what they’ve been coached:

“On offense we’re just a little banged up front and guys are just working their butts off. There’s no quit. Guys are running hard, guys are blocking hard, the chips just aren’t falling in our favor. That’s all I really have to say.”

On the pressure from the Chargers defense:

“Those are very good pass rushers. Joey Bosa is probably one of the best in football. When you stay ahead of the sticks and stay in third in shorts you can kind of minimize that, but you get in third and longs and it’s tough. They made plays and we didn’t.”

On getting hit by the penalty flag:

“Oh that’s what that was? I remember it hitting me and I immediately threw it away. I thought somebody was swiping me.”

On Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ completion record:

“That was nuts. I went up to him after the game and said good game and I was like, ‘Bro, that was crazy.’ That’s why he is who he is. I wish him the best of luck moving forward. We’ve shared two coordinators now in Noel Mazzone and [Mike] McCoy.” 

On the team’s execution and what the offense can do to improve:

“We just have to win our one-on-one matchups all over. We just have to individually step up. I need to make better reads and be more decisive on certain things. With that pick, no one was really open down the field, but my back was so I just have to step up, check it down and trust my protection. On the offensive line, we have to win our one-on-one battles. At receiver, we have to win our one-on-ones. At running back we just have to keep running hard and execute every play. There’s not much schematically, we just have to play better. [Offensive Coordinator] Byron [Leftwich] is doing really well with play calling. I want to say I appreciate Byron not tossing me out there at the end of the game trying to go two-minute with 10, 11 minutes left. We just have to win our one-on-ones.”

On if he played tennis at StubHub:

“I did. I grew up training here back when it was The Home Depot Center.”

On what’s left to gain with five games left:

“Just building blocks. To state the obvious, guys are playing for their jobs but on a larger scale than that we’re just trying to play respectable football. To ourselves it’s a competition within the job. We can’t be proud of the product we’ve put on the field so I don’t care if we have 100 games left or one, we’re going to go week by week and try to play the best football that we can because there are not really many other options.” 

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